Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo believes that he can enjoy successful debut season in the Premier League by working on his physical strength as he looks to force his way into the first team plans of Arsene Wenger.
The 20 year old was somewhat of a low key signing this summer but arrived on the back of an impressive campaign at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup as his four goals helped France claim the title in Turkey.
Sanogo had only played 24 times for Auxerre before signing a long-term contract with Arsenal but he is determined to quickly adapt to the more physical English game.
"I've had time with and spoken to people like Bacary Sagna who's from Auxerre too and this has really helped me to settle in. I've felt really well ever since I got here," Sanogo told the official Arsenal website.
"It gives me confidence [to see Sanga and Abou Diaby], they've taken the same path [from Auxerre], got into the team and they've done really well here so I'd like and hope to emulate what they've done.
"But I will need time, it's a new way of life, a new league and it will take time to adapt. It's something I will manage.
"I think I'll have to toughen up and improve my strength, that's part and parcel of such an intense league as the Premier League, as well as getting used to the step up, which it is from the French league."
The 6ft 3" forward will certainly be a handful for defenders if he can put on extra muscle and he will hope that he can convince Wenger to give him numerous opportunities to demonstrate his talent.
Wenger has just two out-and-out senior forwards in Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner, which could mean Sanogo is presented with chances this season.
After making his debut against Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup, he featured against Fulham in the Premier League but he admits that there is still plenty of hard work to be done before he can be considered a regular starter.
"It [my debut] was a great experience," he added. "I didn't think I'd be playing as I'd only got here on the Monday and hadn't really trained with the lads. To be thrown in straight away was really good for me. It would have been good to get off the mark and score straight away.
"Against Fulham it was different, it was the Premier League, a really tough league, physically. But it was good to get a good result and play my part. I got a lot of the ball and so it was a good experience.
"My main aims are to come here and learn, progress in the game and learn my trade with such great players. Now I'm training with them, I'll gradually make progress."
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